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Victims of Crime

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Description

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 3.3 million U.S. residents age 12 or older were victims of violent crime in 2018. U.S. households also experienced an estimated 13.5 million property victimizations, which include burglaries, residential trespassing, motor-vehicle thefts, and other thefts (Source:  Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization, 2018, September 2019).

OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the following sites to learn about victim-related funding opportunities from OJP bureaus and other federal sources:

See the OJP Current Funding Opportunities page to learn more about opportunities and to access archived solicitations.

Programs/Initiatives

Also see the Victims & Victimization page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs and practices.

Training and Technical Assistance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway website contains a listing of websites and phone numbers for specific agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect in each state. To identify the appropriate agency to contact in a specific state, see the State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers page. You can also contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-4-A-Child (800-422-4453).

For additional information and resources, see the Child Abuse Special Feature.

Advocates with the 24 hour-a-day National Domestic Violence Hotline are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals to agencies in all 50 States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 100 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your/their relationship, please call the Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Additionally, if you are a teen in an abusive relationship, please contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453 (TTY) by phone, by texting "loveis" to 22522, or via live chat. To learn more, see the National Dating Abuse Helpline website.

The Elder Abuse Special Feature contains information and access to materials created and sponsored by federal agencies that focus on crimes committed against the elderly. Also see the following pages and sites for additional resources: